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literate

[lit-er-it] /ˈlɪt ər ɪt/
adjective
1.
able to read and write.
2.
having or showing knowledge of literature, writing, etc.; literary; well-read.
3.
characterized by skill, lucidity, polish, or the like:
His writing is literate but cold and clinical.
4.
having knowledge or skill in a specified field:
Is she computer literate? The boss needs a computer‐literate assistant.
5.
having an education; educated.
noun
6.
a person who can read and write.
7.
a learned person.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin līterātus, litterātus learned, scholarly. See letter, -ate1
Related forms
literately, adverb
antiliterate, adjective, noun
antiliterately, adverb
unliterate, adjective
Synonyms
3, 5. well-informed, knowledgeable.
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literate

/ˈlɪtərɪt/
adjective
1.
able to read and write
2.
educated; learned
3.
used to words rather than numbers as a means of expression Compare numerate
noun
4.
a literate person
Derived Forms
literately, adverb
Word Origin
C15: from Latin litterātus learned. See letter
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Word Origin and History for un literate
literate
early 15c., from L. lit(t)eratus "educated, learned," lit. "one who knows the letters," formed in imitation of Gk. grammatikos from L. lit(t)era "letter."
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